Rockets put Ams on the brink
The Kelowna Rockets are one win away from moving on to round two of the Western Hockey League playoffs.
Kelowna built up a 3-0 lead and hung on for a 5-3 win in Kennewick, WA Wednesday to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
They can close it out Friday at Prospera Place.
Madison Bowey just 4:24 into the game and Cole Linaker eight minutes later staked the Rockets to a 2-0 lead in a period assistant coach Dan Lambert described on the post game radio broadcast as good a period as the first period the night before.
Justin Kirkland 1:33 into the second pushed the lead to 3-0 before the Americans began chipping away at the lead.
"I thought our first period was as good as last night's. In the second period they pushed back.," says Lambert.
"We were able to get a couple of goals but we didn't play the way we needed to. That's when great teams lock things down."
Brian Williams and Philip Tot both scored for Tri-City sandwiched between a power-play goal from Rockets Marek Tvrdon giving Kelowna a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Tyson Baillie scored his first of the playoffs before the final period was four minutes old before Justin Hamonic closed out the scoring 10 minutes later.
Jordon Cooke slammed the door the rest of the way.
While Americans goaltender Eric Comrie stole game three for Tri-City, Lambert says the tables were turned Wednesday.
"Our goalie probably stole this one for us. Jordon Cooke was phenomenal. He stood on his head."
Lambert says fatigue, playing four games in five nights, caught up with the Rockets forcing Cooke to be as good as he was.
"I think fatigue has something to do with that. It's not physical fatigue, it's mental fatigue."
The Rockets lost the services of leading scorer Myles Bell during the second period. Bell did not return to the game.
Lambert would not disclose the injury only to say Bell would be checked out when the team returns to Kelowna to determine his availability for game five Friday.
As for Friday...
"We've played them pretty well at home. We haven't given them a whole lot," says Lambert.
"We have to check and be the best checking team. When you do that you usually play a lot in their end. That's our game plan."
Note Friday's game will begin 30 minutes later than normal. Face-off Friday is 7:30.
Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more Sports News
- Borba trial to resume next monthPenticton / S. Okanagan - 5:00 am
- Council grabs attentionWest Kelowna - 5:00 am
- Horning making a comeback?Kelowna - 6:27 am
- Sex offender arrested for murderBC
- Kelowna Rockets
- West Kelowna Warriors
- Penticton Vees
- Vernon Vipers
- Kelowna Chiefs
- Penticton Lakers
- Okanagan College Coyotes
- Kelowna Minor Hockey
- Westside Minor Hockey
- Penticton Minor Hockey
- Vernon Minor Hockey
- Winfield Minor Hockey
- Pepsi Premier Hockey League
- Kelowna Ball Hockey
- Okanagan Ball Hockey
- Penticton Ball Hockey
- Sunplex Ball Hockey
- Field Hockey Okanagan
- Okanagan Rockets
- Lake Country Old-Timers Hockey Association
- Orchard City Hockey League
- Kelowna Heat Spring Hockey
- Okanagan All Stars Hockey Club
- Knights of West Kelowna
- BCHL | KIJHL | WHL | NHL
- Kelowna Women's Soccer
- Kelowna Men's Soccer
- Okanagan Challenge
- Kelowna United FC
- Central Okanagan Youth
- Kelowna Youth Soccer
- Westside Youth Soccer
- Rutland Youth Soccer
- Lake Country Youth Soccer
- Penticton Soccer Club
- South Okanagan Similkameen Youth Soccer
- Thompson Okanagan Football Club
- Sunplex Futsal League
- Pepsi Premier Soccer League
- CSA | FIFA | MLS
- Kelowna AquaJets
- Liquid Lightning Swim Club
- Ogopogo Summer Swim Club
- Okanagan Masters Swim Club
- Kelowna Masters Swim Club
- Kelowna Badminton Club
- The Penticton Yacht & Tennis
- OK Mission Tennis
- Lakeview Heights Tennis
- Vernon Tennis Association
- Squash BC Okanagan League
- ESPN Tennis
Does your local team have a website?
Email us to add your community sports link.
Cover your team's games! Write up a story and email us [email protected] for publication here.